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Hi, all. I'm a Chicago Hound coming to NY Labor Day weekend for the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, we only have time for one dinner and I'd like to take my husband out of Mid-town for a cool dinner. I did a quick search but was overwhelmed by all of the names that came up. Given that it will be prime dining time (Saturday night around 8:30/9pm), I would prefer a place that takes reservations since there will be four of us total. We went to the Spotted Pig last year and loved it, but (1) they don't take reservations and (2) we'd like to try somewhere we've not been before. Food is the number one priority for us - any sort of ambience/price point will do.

Thanks in advance! Will be happy to provide Chicago recs if any of you ever need them.

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  1. You might try Little Owl, Market Table (same owners), Wallese (if you want more upscale but still downtown experience) or Il Giglio further downtown for terrific Italian.

    1. There are so many good choices. I've always been a fan of http://pariscommune.net/
      It's a few blocks south of the meatpacking district on Bank & Greenwhich.

      1. I would do something more unique to NYC for your trip. There is better Austrian than Wallse in Chicagoland, and while Little Owl would be great if you could reserve a table, I would try: Alta, mas, Cuba or perhaps Suba.

        1. There are many many choices. Is there any cuisine that you prefer? That will help us to narrow down our selections.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Anything except sushi, Asian fusion or Indian. (We like those three, but get plenty of that here in Chicago.) We love French, seafood, what I call upscale American, gastropubs - really anything. Thanks!

            1. re: vrollings

              not sure your age or the vibe you're seeking but ive always felt a night at blue ribbon bakery on bedford is cool, hip, and ultra satisfying.

          2. I would go to Perilla or Bar Blanc.

            1. If you haven't been to Blue Hill, try to and get a reservation. Usually one month in advanced is the way to do it, so you might get a table. This is a great foodie restaurant, Blue Hill has a location in the city and one outside the city, where they have their own farm and estate(!!). Thus, the produce, eggs, meats included, come from their farm. I've never been disappointed going there. Also their chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream is probably my favorite chocolate dessert in the city. I guarantee you'll enjoy the meal there. http://www.bluehillnyc.com/

              another alternative:

              Annisa is a cool spot for a foodie, it is helmed by the highest ranked female chef on zagat (27) and is located in the west village. The cuisine is New-American with Asian influences, she serves a famous "haute" soup dumplings with foie which I loved, and her chicken dish is one of the few that I thoroughly enjoy. Decor is zen-like, but the food was the star for me. http://www.annisarestaurant.com/

              Let us know what you decide to do. Hope your meal goes down well in sept =)